UXTheme Multi-Patcher 10.0 - 8/8.1 Glass theme is now supported

Since Windows XP was released, there are countless 3rd-party visual styles released by many skinners in order to improve user’s experiences and eye candy. UXTheme Multi Patcher allows you to use any 3rd party msstyle theme on Windows XP/VISTA, 7/8/8.1 or Windows Server 2003 (with Themes enabled) by patching the uxtheme.dll  (dynamic link library).

To simply patch the UXTheme.dll file, run the program, it will determine your operating system, then patch the appropriate file and reboot your PC.
To un-patch the UXTheme.dll file, run the program again, and it will un-patch the .dll and then reboot your PC.

This program will patch your theme engine files so you can use any 3rd party visual style on the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP x86 Editions
  • Windows XP x64 Editions
  • Windows Server 2003 x86 and x64 Editions
  • Windows Vista x86 and x64 Editions
  • Windows Server 2008 x86 and x64 Editions
  • Windows 7 x86 and x64 Editions
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 x86 and x64 Editions
  • Windows 8 x86 and x64 Editions
  • Windows Server 2012 x86 and x64 Editions
  • Windows 8.1 x86 and x64 Editions
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 x86 and x64 Editions

Download: UXTheme Multi-Patcher 10.0 | 5.8 MB (Freeware)
View: UXTheme Multi-Patcher Website | Release Notes

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I still find it amazing that after 3 major Windows 8 releases you still can't have a dark colour theme without resorting to hacks like this to get the title bar text and window controls fixed.

visual styles are great, but the trouble one has to go trough to have them on windows just kills it for me

when i was using linux, gnome and kde, it was so much easier to apply themes and they looked really fluid, while for windows, its always the texture being off the actual button and many small issues like that

and changing the windows' borders' style is actually the easiest thing, changing the navigation buttons of explorer and the icons is really annoying

not worth it in my opinion, because after installing this visual candy, windows always becomes unstable, and when you think about it, its kinda useless, since most people play games and do work on their windows computers

i dont know anyone who wakes up in the morning, makes a cup of tea and opens some windows so he can admire for hours the 3rd party theme he installed

This shouldn't make your pc unstable as it only patches the UXtheme.dll to allow third party theme. Getting visual styles after patching is a very easy process. Just download the theme, put it in the windows theme folder, and apply it through the personalization option.

While I'll admit it is a bit of a challenge to skin windows (especially windows 8.1), it's not impossible. I have created many themes that many people would say look like something that looks like it was made for gnome/kde.

I've been using themes with Win 7 for years, and not one has caused instabality problems.
Also changing the nav buttons and borders isn't a must for themes. Most Aero style ones will look perfectly fine without.

For me, it makes a nice change to have a different theme every now and then. And the default Win 7 one especially is horrible... I hate it's huge borders and an ugly oversized font.

A theme like Elune for example is a million times nicer: https://www.deviantart.com/art/Elune-199350232